From a community FM radio channel, university, a chamber of commerce to a multi-specialty hospital and a medical college, various groups contesting the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) are promising various schemes for the welfare of the community to woo voters before the polls on February 26.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, outgoing general secretary of the DSGMC, said if they came to power again, they would continue to promote and celebrate Sikh culture and heritage. “We organised a two-day event at Lal Quila to venerate the Khalsa victory in Delhi, when Sikh general Baba Baghel Singh hoisted the Khalsa flat at Lal Quila. We also observed the centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. We will carry forward this legacy. We will publish more religious texts,” he said.
Sirsa is contesting on a Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) ticket from Punjabi Bagh ward. The Akali leader said that the construction of a multi-specialty hospital and medical college were also on their agenda. “People will vote for us because of our clean record. We eliminated several irregularities prevailing in the previous committee,” he said.
Over 3.8 lakh Sikh voters in the capital will elect 46 members for the committee.
Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of SAD (Delhi), a splinter group of Akali Dal, said his party will focus on the youth and launch programmes to bring them closer to the religion. He is contesting against Sirsa from the Punjabi Bagh ward.
“We will start a ‘Sikh helpline’ and a Sikh FM radio station to help the community and to proliferate the Sikh religion and the Sikh language Gurmukhi. Also, Sikh religious material will be published in various languages to promote the Sikh religion and ensure distribution of Guru Granth Sahib in all homes,” Sarna added.
Kulwant Singh Baath, SAD (Badal) candidate from Navin Shahdara ward said his priority will be to set up a Khalsa college in trans-Yamuna area. “As I come from east Delhi, I would make effort to build a college for children of our community in this region. One of the biggest achievements of DSGPC is that it managed to secure 50 % minority quota for Sikh children in colleges run by the committee,” he said.